Choosing Wooden Toys
These kinds of toys can give lots of play value yet, at the same time, they can help any child learn the skills that he or she needs as they grow both on a mental and physical basis.
Wooden toys can have all kinds of beneficial educational effects on children and they are particularly beneficial for babies, toddlers and pre-school children. Wooden puzzles, for example, can teach problem solving skills and can help with fine motor control.
Wooden instruments can help a young child learn co-ordination and, of course, helps them learn about music and sound. Wooden games can help a child learn important social skills such as how to share and take turns.
If you are buying a wooden toy as a gift then the easiest way to choose the right wooden toy for any child is to ask their parents what they think. They will firstly be able to tell you what toys the child already owns so that you don`t give them a duplicate gift.
If you are buying for your own child then you`ll need to think about their age and developmental stage before making a purchase. Toys nowadays should come with an age guideline label that tells you the ages that can safely play with the toy.
Do be aware, however, that the actual age of your child may not exactly match their developmental age and stage. Some children, for example, may be advanced in certain skills and some may lag behind every now and then. So, look at how the child will cope with the wooden toy or game before buying it.
And, gender may be an issue here as well. Although very young children often show no gender bias they learn about gender quickly and may well refuse to play with toys for the wrong sex.
Finally, don`t just expect the wooden toy to do the educational job here -- playing games and playing with educational toys together as a family can significantly improve your child`s development. If the whole family sits down to play together then you will help your child`s social, linguistic and interpersonal skills.